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 By Chris Wright

Lodeiro's Corinthians debut delayed by bizarre injury

Nicolas Lodeiro's patience has been tested as he waits to make his debut for Corinthians

Nicolas Lodeiro's move from Botafogo to Corinthians this summer has been a bit of a good old fashioned transfer saga, with the deal taking over two months to go through despite both clubs announcing it at the end of May.

With interference caused by Lodeiro's involvement in the World Cup with Uruguay also a factor, an issue with the paperwork also meant that, despite the transfer being publicly announced on May 29, the 25-year-old midfielder wasn't actually officially presented to fans as a Corinthians player until last Friday afternoon -- some 64 days later.

However, with the complex legal wrangling now mercifully behind him, Lodeiro was cleared to make his Corinthians debut in the league against Coritiba the following day -- that was until calamity struck once again while the former Ajax man was taking a shower at home on Friday night.

According to Reuters, a large ornamental soap dish fell on Lodeiro's foot while he was showering, causing a deep laceration that required several stitches to close the wound, thus ruling him out of making his debut against Coritiba as planned.

And so Lodeiro joins the vast, ever-growing pantheon of footballers who have suffered ridiculously bizarre injuries over the years: Dave Beasant and his bottle of salad cream, Svein Grondalen and the rampaging moose, Santi Canizares' little aftershave accident, etc, etc...

The list is endless/hilarious/endlessly hilarious.

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